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Matthew Fitzsimmons

With New Unit, Conn. AG’s Office Ratchets Up Focus on Data Breaches

Christian Nolan | March 13, 2015

Too many times in recent years, the Connecticut Attorney General's Office has been notified that consumers' personal information may have fallen into the wrong hands. Retailer Target may be the most highly publicized example.

Commentary: Proposed Consent Law Would Change Dynamics of Campus Sex Assault Cases

By Michael P. McKeon |

On March 24, the Connecticut General Assembly's Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee voted 14-3 to forward to the full Senate Committee Bill Number 636, "An Act Concerning Affirmative Consent."

Yong Hen Chang, who was granted admission to the California State Bar posthumously through efforts of UC Davis law students.

90 Years After Death, Yale-Educated Chinese Lawyer Gets Bar Card

By Paul Sussman and Jay Stapleton |

In the mid-1800s, Chinese immigrants didn't simply encounter bigotry. State and federal laws severely restricted their rights and barred them from becoming U.S. citizens.

Michael Shea

Xerox Lawsuit Says Executives Stole Trade Secrets, Launched Rival Company

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

Xerox Corp. became a household name for selling photocopiers and printers. But the Fortune 500 company has been transitioning its business model from simply just supplying office machinery to providing actual services for corporations' back offices.

Gideon

Gideon: Reining In Rogue Prosecutors Should Not Be Taboo Topic

By Gideon |

A few weeks ago, I wrote a column outlining many instances of prosecutorial misconduct occurring over the previous few months, all of which seemingly went unpunished. I didn't propose any ideas to eliminate the problem but stated that it was the start of a discussion on a subject that is otherwise taboo in the legal profession.

Conn. Court Says Rastafarian Worker Can Sue AutoZone

By Christian Nolan |

Doris Feliciano is a black female who practices the Rastafarian religion. She claims her former employer, AutoZone, had a problem with that and discriminated against her. She also claims an ex-boss sexually harassed her at work.

Litigant's Daughter Fined for Peeking at Opposing Counsel's Notes

By Jay Stapleton |

The judicial system works best when attorneys show professional courtesy and respect for everyone in the courtroom, including adversaries. Rules of Professional Conduct demand that lawyers act in a way that upholds the "dignity" of the judicial process.

Public Defender Tapped for US Magistrate Judge Post

By Paul Sussman |

A veteran federal public defender has been named Connecticut's newest federal magistrate judge.

Tribe Sues State Over Attempt to Halt High-Interest Loans

By Jay Stapleton |

American Indian tribes enjoy certain legal rights, including sovereign immunity from lawsuits brought by government agencies.

Hospital Settles ADA Complaint By Hearing-Impaired Patient

By Christian Nolan |

A Hartford area hospital and the federal government have settled a dispute after a hearing-impaired patient reported that the hospital wasn't providing the necessary services to ensure adequate communication between the patient and staff.

Kelly Reardon

Updated: Settlement Forged Just Before Trial in Priest Abuse Case

By Christian Nolan |

A Massachusetts woman who claims she was sexually abused by a priest in Norwich over the course of her entire childhood has settled her lawsuit against the diocese for $1.1 million.

Pattis-Norm

Norm Pattis: It's High Time To End the War on Drugs

By Norm Pattis |

What if just about everything we think we know about the war on drugs is wrong?

Nineteen Grievances Add Up to Three-Year Suspension For Attorney

By Jay Stapleton |

A Bridgeport lawyer who has been the target of nearly 20 grievances since 2001 has had his license suspended for three years.

Accused Killer Asks Conn. Supreme Court To Toss Out ‘Coerced’ Confession

By Christian Nolan |

A man convicted of murder is asking the state's highest court for a new trial on grounds that his confession was coerced by police and should not have been allowed as evidence against him at trial.

Former Congressional Candidate Sentenced to Five Months in Prison

By Associated Press |

Former Republican congressional candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley was sentenced Tuesday to five months in prison for a scheme to hide the role played in her campaign by former Gov. John Rowland, a man regarded as talented politically but tainted by a federal corruption conviction.

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Mark Dubois: The Barely Authorized Practice of Law

By Mark Dubois |

Back in my days of trying cases and teaching others how to do it, we had a requirement that if we could not articulate the entire case in a single sentence that our non-lawyer spouses would understand, we were not ready to go to trial.

John Naizby

Fall From Fitness Device Nets $750,000 Settlement for Gym Member

By Christian Nolan |

A woman who broke her hip and wrist while working with a personal trainer at Planet Fitness has settled her lawsuit for $750,000.

Kelly Reardon

Norwich Priest Abuse Lawsuit Results in $1.1 Million Settlement

By Christian Nolan |

A Massachusetts woman who claims she was sexually abused by a priest in Norwich has settled her lawsuit against the Diocese of Norwich for $1.1 million.

Editorial: Rowland Name Should Be Removed From Government Building

What kind of a message does this send to parolees, let alone law-abiding citizens? That government corruption is alive and well in the state of Corrupticut!

Barbara Aaron

Family Law Reform Proposals Again Target GALs

By Jay Stapleton |

During testimony before the legislature last year, it seemed like the loudest voices in the debate over family court reform were those of divorcing parents angry at a legal system they believed had failed them.

Miles Gerety

Conn. Murder Case Revives 'Stand Your Ground' Debate

By Christian Nolan |

To the casual observer of local headlines, it may have sounded like just another crazy woman who killed the father of her child.

Dwight Merriam

New Land Use Enabling Legislation Needed

By Dwight H. Merriam |

Connecticut's land use enabling legislation desperately needs a complete rewrite. What we must work with today is based on a 1926 model act by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Standard State Zoning Enabling Act, and its model Standard City Planning Enabling Act of 1928.

Emilee Mooney Scott

Is the Chemistry Right for Chemical Safety Reform?

By Emilee Mooney Scott |

Earlier this month, Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and David Vitter, R-La., introduced the "Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act" (Lautenberg bill). Building from a bill introduced by Vitter and the late New Jersey Sen. Lautenberg in May 2013, the Lautenberg bill would make significant changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the primary federal statute addressing the safety of chemicals in commerce.

Evan Seeman

Finding Salvation in Religious Law's Safe Harbor

By Evan J. Seeman |

Local governments have much to fear when faced with a suit under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). Defending against RLUIPA claims is costly, often reaching hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars. And then there's the icing on the cake: a defeated government may have to pay the prevailing religious group's legal fees.

Christopher Smith

Variances, Nonconformities and More: A Primer

By Christopher J. Smith |

On March 10, the Appellate Court released a comprehensive decision addressing zoning variances and nonconformities, with a valuable discussion on what constitutes a "formal, official, collective statement of reasons" for a land use board's decision.

Sarah Kowalczyk

EPA Enforcement of Lead Paint Rule Hits Home

By Sarah Kowalczyk |

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule, established under the Toxic Substances Control Act and effective April 2010, seeks to prevent exposure to lead-based paint and/or hazards in residences, schools and other buildings frequented by children.

Lee Hoffman

Public-Private Partnerships Key to Transit Planning

By Lee D. Hoffman |

When Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced his 30-year, $100 billion transportation plan for Connecticut, he gave the state a long overdue dose of Lipitor in an attempt to unclog the state's constricted transportation arteries.

Elizabeth Barton and Michael Miller

Debate Continues Over Environmental Hazard Statute

By Elizabeth Barton and Michael Miller |

In place for almost 20 years, Connecticut General Statutes Section 22a-6u defines certain environmental conditions as significant environmental hazards (SEHs). The statute requires that the owner of a property where there is a SEH notify the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) when the SEH is discovered.

Editorial: Some Advice for the Legislature

As an entirely unsolicited and hopefully not entirely ignored offering, we ask the Connecticut General Assembly to take the following suggestions to heart.

Judge’s Ruling Could Limit Use of Electronic Billboards in State

By Karen Ali |

In the good old days, billboards consisted of a single image. The Coppertone girl. A new Chevrolet. A tourist destination.

Bank Asks Conn. Court To Order Billionaire to Pay $250 Million Judgment

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

Connecticut is the seemingly unlikely venue for a legal effort by a German banking giant to collect a quarter-billion-dollar judgment obtained in a British court against a globe-trotting derivatives trader.

Woman Injured On Gym’s Exercise Device Collects $750,000 Settlement

By Christian Nolan |

A woman who broke her hip and wrist while working with a personal trainer at Planet Fitness has settled her lawsuit for $750,000.

Conn. To Share In Pharmaceutical Kickback Settlement

By Christian Nolan |

A global pharmaceutical company has agreed to a $39 million settlement with the federal government and 49 states, including Connecticut, over allegations that its executives paid kickbacks to induce physicians to prescribe drugs.

Paul Michaud

Law Practices See Surge in Business From Solar Energy Projects

By Jay Stapleton |

The solar energy market is heating up. And it's not just for-profit companies trying to turn sunshine into electric power—and money.

Editorial: Questionable Appellate Decision Fells a Legal Giant

For more than a half century he reigned as one of the greatest trial lawyers at the bar. From his improbable (only one year out of law school)—but ultimately successful—representation of Dr. Sam Sheppard, charged with murdering his wife, to the brilliant and blistering cross-examination of rogue police detective Mark Fuhrman in the O.J. Simpson trial, F. Lee Bailey did what most trial attorneys can only dream of doing.

Katherine Scanlon

Alumni of Defunct Big Firm Thrive in Boutique Setting

By Jay Stapleton |

When Katherine Scanlon was recently chosen to be the new managing partner of three-year-old Reardon Scanlon Vodola Barnes LLP, she received congratulations from a tight-knit network of former colleagues who worked with her in the Hartford office of the now-defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf.

Editorial: Second-Chance Society Should Have Its Limits

This space has recently lauded the efforts of entities helping those released from prison re-enter society in a productive way. So Gov. Dannel Malloy's recent announcement of a number of initiatives under the rubric of a second-chance society is most welcome.

Conn. Lawyer Wins Key Second Circuit Ruling in Deportation Case

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

Edson Flores is a convicted sex abuser. He is also an undocumented immigrant. Despite facing that double stigma, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that he should have another chance to argue that he should be allowed to stay in the country.

Conn. Lawyer Fined For Leaving Marijuana Bag in Courtroom

By Associated Press |

A Norwich lawyer says he'll pay a $150 fine to resolve an infraction over a bag of marijuana police say he left on a bench in the New London Judicial District courthouse.

Conn. Court Ruling Allows Marijuana Users to Erase Convictions

By Christian Nolan |

The convictions of thousands of people who were previously busted in Connecticut for marijuana possession will likely go up in smoke following a state Supreme Court decision allowing those charges to be erased from criminal records.

Rowland Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison

By Associated Press |

Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland was sentenced to 30 months in prison for his role in a political consulting scheme on Wednesday, exactly one decade after he was ordered behind bars in an earlier scandal that forced him from office.

John Rowland

Judge Denies New Trial for Rowland

By Associated Press |

A federal judge has denied a bid from former Gov. John Rowland for a new trial in the criminal case that could send him to prison for up to three years.

Key lawyers working behind the scenes to support the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission’s two-year effort were University of Connecticut School of Law professor Susan Schmeiser along with Louis Pepe, left, and Daniel Klau of the Hartford office of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter.

Law Firm Played Key Role in Helping Sandy Hook Commission

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

When Gov. Dannel P. Malloy appointed his 16-member Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, the assemblage of so many high-achieving experts in a broad range of fields had the potential of creating oceans of oration—with no one to boil it down.

Pattis-Norm

Norm Pattis: Federal Court Won't Be The Same Without Judge Burns

By Norm Pattis |

News that Senior U.S. District Judge Ellen Bree Burns is retiring at the end of this month should not have surprised me, but it did. At 91, I suppose she's entitled to a breather.

Lawyer Sued for Touting Lawsuit Win on Website

By Jay Stapleton |

One 10-lawyer New Haven law firm reportedly used details about a matter they handled in an online advertisement that was supposed to be confidential.

Sean Connolly

New State Veterans Administration Chief Brings Legal Background as Military Lawyer

By Jay Stapleton |

Being a veteran is not a requirement for being the top official for veterans' affairs in Connecticut. Neither is being a lawyer.

Seminar Brings Together Legal Elite to Discuss Litigation Costs

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

An elite crowd of Connecticut's top courtroom advocates, judges and in-house counsel gathered recently at Quinnipiac University School of Law to critically and candidly explore what's broken—and unsustainable—in the world of litigation.

Latest Newtown Lawsuits Name Shooter's Mother

By Jay Stapleton |

The families of eight people killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012 have filed new lawsuits against the estate of Nancy Lanza, the mother of the young gunman. The two lawsuits filed in Superior Court in Bridgeport claim that Lanza was careless in allowing her son to get his hands on an unsecured Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle that he used in the rampage.

Patricia King

Patricia King: Too Often, Lawyers Fail to Communicate With Clients

By Patricia King |

One of the discussions in my ethics class at Quinnipiac Law School involved asking the students to articulate how they would compete with the Internet once they were admitted to the bar and trying to make a living at the law. These are twenty-somethings, with a few thirty-somethings sprinkled in, who have grown up in the digital age. It was interesting to hear their responses, which boiled down to a list of all the advantages of a personal relationship with a lawyer over an impersonal transaction done via the Internet.

Kathleen Nastri and William Bloss

Boys Club Liable for Girl’s Drowning: $12.3 Million

A jury has awarded $12.3 million to the family of a girl who drowned in the indoor pool at the Waterbury's Boys & Girls Club in 2008.

Frank Bartlett Jr

Girl Was Abused by Mother’s Boyfriend: $2.75 Million

A woman who as a child was sexually abused by her mother's boyfriend was awarded $2.75 million by a Willimantic jury.

Sean McElligott and Joshua Koskoff

Hernia Surgery Mistake Leads to Hospital Suit: $12 Million

A woman who went into Danbury Hospital for what was supposed to be a routine hernia operation ended up spending 34 days in the intensive-care unit and amassing $1 million in medical bills.

Paul Ganim and Stewart Casper

Boy Nearly Killed by Dump Truck: $8 Million

A 9-year-old boy who was nearly killed after the vehicle he was riding in was struck by a dump truck was awarded nearly $8 million by a Bridgeport jury.

Editor's Note: Personal Injury Hall of Fame

Last year, the Law Tribune debuted its Personal Injury Hall of Fame awards. The intent was to honor some of the highest dollar—and highest profile—personal injury cases in Connecticut.

Steven Errante

Vertebrae Shattered in Tree-Cutting Mishap: $1 Million

A man who fell 25 feet or more from a ladder while trying to trim tree branches has recovered $1 million from the people who asked him to do the work.

Robert Reardon, Kelly Reardon, Joseph Barnes, and Matthew Zucker

Welder Dies in Fall Down Elevator Shaft: $1.5 Million

The family of a Dayville man who was killed when he fell down an elevator shaft at a construction site settled a wrongful death lawsuit for $1.5 million.

John Houlihan Jr. and Michael Kennedy

DOT Supervisor Killed on Highway: $7.3 Million

A Hartford jury awarded nearly $7.3 million to the estate of a Connecticut Department of Transportation supervisor who was killed in 2012 while working on Route 8 near Waterbury.

Stewart Casper and Carolyn Naylor

Women’s Leg Snapped By Running Dog: $2.6 Million

A woman whose leg was snapped into four pieces by a large dog that ran into her at a dog park was awarded nearly $2.6 million by a Stamford jury.

Patrick J. Kennedy

Customer Injured by Falling Pallet: $1.18 Million

A soccer player from Greece who moved to Connecticut and was injured when a 200-pound pallet fell on his head at a Restaurant Depot warehouse store settled his lawsuit for $1.18 million.

Thomas Murphy and James Healy

Police Failed to Protect Woman From Attacker: $10 Million

A jury awarded $10 million to the family of a woman who was stabbed to death after police officers allegedly failed to enforce a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend.

Donald Papcsy and Devin Janosov

Young Pedestrian Killed by Town Truck: $4.1 Million

The family of a boy who was struck and killed by a town-owned truck while walking to his school bus stop recovered $4.1 million in a settlement with Stratford.

Brenden T. Leydon

Severe Eye Injury Caused by Leash Malfunction: $1.3 Million

A building contractor who lost most of his vision in one eye after a retractable dog leash recoiled and struck his face settled his product liability lawsuit against a Connecticut company for $1.3 million.

Patrick J. Kennedy

Motorcyclist Hit by UPS Truck: $3.4 Million

A Hartford Superior Court jury returned a $3.4 million verdict in the case of a motorcyclist who was severely injured in a collision with a United Parcel Service truck in 2012.

Ryan McKeen

Motorcyclist Dies After Collision With Pickup: $2.25 Million

The family of an Enfield man who was killed after a pickup truck turned in front of his motorcycle settled their wrongful death lawsuit for $2.25 million.

Paul Slager and Jennifer Goldstein

Boy Scouts Liable For Troop Leader’s Assaults: $7 Million

A 2014 Connecticut case resulted in a $7 million verdict against the Boy Scouts. It's believed to be the largest compensatory damages verdict against the organization.

Katie Mesner-Hage and Joshua Koskoff

Doctor Failed To Help Suicidal Patient: $8 Million

A former Tolland doctor and his nurse practitioner failed to treat a patient's mental illness, instead giving him numerous sleeping pills for insomnia. And so, the plaintiff's lawyers said, James Morrin did not get the help he desperately needed. In June 2009, he shot and killed his wife, Alice, and then killed himself seconds later.

Matthew Fitzsimmons

With New Unit, Conn. AG’s Office Ratchets Up Focus on Data Breaches

By Christian Nolan |

Too many times in recent years, the Connecticut Attorney General's Office has been notified that consumers' personal information may have fallen into the wrong hands. Retailer Target may be the most highly publicized example.

Dan Krisch

Dan Krisch: Attorneys Shouldn’t Hesitate To Represent Controversial Clients

By Dan Krisch |

Last week, the Law Tribune's editorial board demonized the attorneys who represented Cassandra C and her mother before the Connecticut Supreme Court—at one point describing the case of the teenager who wanted not to receive chemotherapy for her cancer as having "the distasteful aroma of lawyer-assisted suicide."

No-Show Attorney Socked with $360,000 Legal Malpractice Verdict

By Karen Ali |

Stamford attorney Richard Grant recently won a $360,000 legal malpractice case. But he's taking no particular pride in the victory. The defendant lawyer, Peter Shafran, never showed up to answer his charges.

At 91, Judge Burns Retires After 37 Years on Federal Bench

By Staff Reports |

U.S. District Judge Ellen Bree Burns has been called a lot of things during her four-decade career on the bench. Lawyers who appear before her almost uniformly describe her as smart, fair and even-tempered. Now, upon announcing her retirement, she's being called both an icon and a pioneer.

Ryan Ryan and Deluca’s Hartford office will be staffed by, seated, from left to right: Joaquin Madry, Maria Alexander and Kate Boucher. Back row, from left to right: Michael Kenney, Janice Lai and Steven Malitz.

Updated: Ryan Ryan DeLuca Expands, Launches Hartford Office

By Jay Stapleton and Christian Nolan |

Ryan Ryan Deluca, a Stamford-based firm known for its insurance defense work and business litigation, is opening a Hartford office, which will be staffed by six new hires. Five of them previously worked at the Hartford office of LeClair Ryan, which says it plans to replace the departing attorneys.

Editorial: State Supreme Court Taking Too Long to Decide Death Penalty Case

In April 2012, Connecticut became the 17th state to repeal the death penalty. However, the law was written to apply only to crimes committed prospectively. At the time, Connecticut had 11 inmates on death row.

Motorist With Neck, Back Injuries Settles for $100,000

By Christian Nolan |

A man whose vehicle was sideswiped on a highway in Stamford, leaving him with an injured neck and back, has settled his lawsuit for $100,000.

National Firm Adds Attorneys to Conn. Corporate and Finance Practice

By Jay Stapleton |

A national law firm is expanding its corporate and finance practice in Connecticut, adding two new partners in the state and a third who will eventually split her time between New York and Stamford.

Four Conn. Firms File Suits Against Pharmaceutical Maker

By Jay Stapleton |

Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed nationally against the makers of Xarelto, a blood thinner that is alleged to cause uncontrollable and sometimes fatal bleeding, are mounting nationally, and four Connecticut law firms have brought claims.

John Horvack Jr.

$25 Million Settlement Ends Conn. Company's Trade Secrets Dispute

By Christian Nolan |

A Waterbury company that makes specialty chemicals will collect $25 million settlement in a complex case involving allegedly stolen trade secrets and phony stock bids, its second huge litigation-related award this year.

Commentary: Teen's Case Not About 'Lawyer-Assisted Suicide'

By Josh Michtom |

Cassandra C's case was, without a doubt, polarizing. On more than one occasion during the last few months, I have found myself in social settings or following discussions on Facebook where people staked out strong, contrary positions on whether a 17-year-old should be allowed to refuse lifesaving medical care.

Stamford Firm Adds Seven Attorneys, Opens Hartford Office

By Jay Stapleton |

A Stamford-based firm known for its insurance defense work and business litigation is opening a Hartford office, which will be staffed by six new hires.

Conn. Firm Chooses New Managing Partner

By Jay Stapleton |

Attorney Katherine Scanlon has been chosen as managing partner of Reardon Scanlon Vodola Barnes LLP, following a recent vote of the law firm's partnership.

Dubois-Mark

Mark Dubois: Cassandra C's Lawyers Should Be Praised, Not Criticized

By Mark Dubois |

I think the Law Tribune Editorial Board got it exactly wrong when it took Cassandra C's lawyers Michael S. Taylor and James P. Sexton to task for taking to the Supreme Court the teenager's case in which she sought to be treated as if she were an adult and, thus, had the right to decline chemotherapy.

As U.S. Attorney’s Panel Gears Up, School Lawyers Brace for Discrimination Claims

By Jay Stapleton |

A new "working group" created to investigate complaints involving discrimination in schools, camps and day care centers has started spreading the word about the problem. And lawyers who represent such institutions are waiting for the next shoe to drop.

Renoir, Rodin Works At Center of Conn. Art Fraud Lawsuit

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The art world has become a big business, with more than $6 billion in modern art and $1.26 billion in contemporary art sold in 2011. And with big business comes big litigation.

Editorial: Restrictions Should Be Place on Fundraising By Attorneys General

Recently, the Law Tribune published a guest commentary entitled "Elected Attorneys General Prone to Politicized Behavior." In that piece, Paul Nolette, a political science professor, argued that state attorneys general should be appointed to office, rather than elected, on the theory that appointed attorneys general are "considerably less likely to engage in politically activist behavior than their elected colleagues."

Marisa Halm

Court Overturns 100-Year Prison Term As Lawmakers Vow Juvenile Sentencing Reform

By Christian Nolan |

The Connecticut Supreme Court recently overturned a 100-year prison sentence that was imposed on a Hartford teenager in a murder case, citing the 2012 ruling by the nation's highest court that found mandatory sentences of life without the possibility of parole are unconstitutional for juvenile offenders.

Edible Arrangements, 1-800-Flowers Square Off in High-Stakes Trademark Battle

By Jay Stapleton |

Tariq Farid was a young entrepreneur running a flower shop in East Haven when he had an idea that really blossomed. Instead of floral arrangements, he began selling fresh-cut fruit and presenting them at a store he called Edible Arrangements.

ALENA C. GFELLER and STELLA SZANTOVA GIORDANO

Caught in the Weeds

By Alena C. Gfeller and Stella Szantova Giordano |

Currently, 23 states and the District of Columbia allow some use of medical marijuana. This includes Connecticut, which legalized medical marijuana in 2012. Since the legalization, medical marijuana has been a hot topic for lawyers in various areas—professional responsibility and labor and employment being the most prominent.

New Arbitration Protocols Affect Financial Institutions

By Hilary B. Miller |

Most banks include arbitration clauses in their deposit and credit card agreements. Importantly, these clauses include class-action waivers, and those waivers are generally enforceable.

A Critical Look at SEC Insider Trading Policies

By Roberta S. Karmel |

Trading on inside information is neither defined nor specifically outlawed in federal securities laws. Rather, insider trading violations are solely based on an interpretation of Rule 10-5 under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Volunteer Fire Company Files Appeal Following Forced Merger

By Christian Nolan |

A volunteer fire company in Stamford is challenging on constitutional grounds a municipal charter change that consolidates all five of the city's volunteer fire departments into one consolidated Stamford Fire Department.

Eric Rothauser and John Bonee III

Conn. Supreme Court Blocks Fee Collection Method for Family Lawyers

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

Connecticut lawyers can no longer directly claim a portion of their clients' proceeds from a divorce judgment in order to collect legal fees and costs, according to the Connecticut Supreme Court.

Michelle Cruz: Judge Was Wrong to Order Grieving Mom Not to Cry

By Michelle Cruz |

It amazes me to no end that in 2015 crime victims and surviving family members still experience injustice. More than 30 years after President Ronald Reagan announced the first Victims' Rights Week, the criminal justice system is still slow to change and embrace the crime victim.

Law Tribune Announces Litigation Departments of the Year Winners

The Connecticut Law Tribune received an unprecedented number of entries in the general litigation categories and in practice area categories that included appellate, employment, family and insurance law.

Injured Driver Settles for $1.8 Million After Car Is 'Accordian Sandwiched'

By Christian Nolan |

A man who was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer while driving on Interstate 84 in Connecticut has settled his federal lawsuit against the rig's driver and the trucking company for $1.8 million.

Conn. Supreme Court Says Lenders Can't Alter Signed Mortgage Documents

By Jay Stapleton |

A seemingly run-of-the-mill foreclosure case that went all the way to the Connecticut Supreme Court could force banks to pay closer attention to their handling of mortgage documents in the future.

Editorial: Attorneys Should Have Turned Down Cancer-Stricken Teen’s Case

Every adult who has tried to keep a toddler from playing in traffic must have been relieved when the Connecticut Supreme Court in January ruled against 17-year-old Cassandra C.'s bid to avoid cancer treatments.

Law Tribune Seeks Special Section Authors

The Connecticut Law Tribune is seeking articles authored by attorneys for several upcoming special practice sections.

Commentary: Legislature Should Approve Aid-in-Dying Law

By Duane Lueders |

Another legislative session is upon us, and an aid-in-dying bill will once again be put forth.

Divorcing Father Prosecuted for Alleged Threats Against Conn. Judge

By Associated Press |

Edward Taupier's lawyer says his client was just venting about the judge in his divorce and child custody case when he sent an email to six acquaintances that mentioned weapons and the judge's home.

Conn. Lawyer Helps Soldiers, Feds Bring Case Against Lender

By Christian Nolan |

Lemberg wrote a letter to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., telling her about the plight of U.S. military personnel who had their vehicles repossessed.

David Slossberg

Conn. Lawsuit Seeks Class Action Status in Anthem Breach

By Jay Stapleton |

In her complaint filed Feb. 20, former Anthem customer Wilma J. Peterman alleges negligence, breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and violation of Connecticut's Unfair Trade Practices Act.

Fraternities Fight Back With Lawsuits Against Colleges

By Jay Stapleton |

The lurid scenes of rowdy fraternity brothers binge-drinking, destroying property and seducing underage girls turned "Animal House" into an instant cult classic. That was 1978. Since then, too many toga parties, hazing incidents, sex-assault scandals and alcohol-related deaths have led to arrests and negligence lawsuits.